Starting Pitcher: Mets, Perez, Lowe and Wolf

In his latest report for SI.com, Jon Heyman describes Omar Minaya’s chances of re-signing Oliver Perez as ‘remote.’

According to Heyman, ‘The Mets and Boras seem far apart,’ while the Brewers, Dodgers, Reds and Mariners are seen as ‘potential suitors for Perez.’

Heyman previously said on WFAN that Perez had been seeking a five-year, $70 million contract.

Meanwhile, free-agent LHP Randy Wolf is seeking a three-year, $30 million deal, reports Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com.

That said, Heyman believes Derek Lowe has been – and continues to be – the Mets ‘first choice,’ noting that they ‘love his consistency and durability.’

However, Heyman explains, the Red Sox and Yankees remain an option for Lowe, who could also draw interest from the Cubs, and Braves, who offered A.J. Burnett a five-year deal.

By the way, Rosenthal says the Braves are not interested in Lowe.

Speaking of starting pitchers…

The Giants are working to sign free-agent LHP Randy Johnson to a one-year deal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The New York Post believes Andy Pettitte wants to return to the Yankees, who offered him a one-year, $10 million contract.

Speaking of the Yankees, Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes they have no interest in Ben Sheets.

well, if pettitte goes back, how many starting pitchers do they need…i’m thinking pettitte, CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Chien-Ming Wang and Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain is probably enough…

…or, is it never enough in the Bronx…

Lastly, in case you’re interested, Heyman also reports on the messy situation between the Dodgers, Braves and Rafael Furcal; whether Zack Grienke is available; the outfield market, including Jermaine Dye; teams who like Brian Fuentes; and the state of the Mike Cameron deal.